When a loved one is diagnosed with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, it can be difficult to know what to expect and how to prepare. This can lead to anxiety, depression, and stress for the person with the disease and their family members. A care community can provide assistance in meeting these needs by offering memory care programs specifically designed for those with dementia.
For individuals looking at various options regarding memory care, it is important to do research before choosing a specific community. There are many factors that need to be considered when choosing the right memory care, such as location, cost of housing, activities offered, level of security, and staff qualifications. If you have been considering moving your loved one into a memory care community or private home care setting but aren’t sure where to start, here’s how you can choose the right one for you or your loved one:
When Should I Start Looking Into Memory Care Communities?
The best time to start looking into memory care options is when you notice a change in your loved one’s behavior. Asking yourself these questions can help you identify when it would be a good time to start looking into memory care communities:
- Is your loved one always forgetting things? Do they often wander off?
- Do they have trouble completing daily tasks like eating, dressing, or bathing?
- Have you noticed a change in mood or behavior?
- Are they asking questions that they didn’t ask before?
- Did they recently lose a job, a relative, or a hobby they enjoyed?
- Is your loved one’s health deteriorating?
- Has your loved one expressed concern about aging and their future?
- Is the cost of care increasing?
- Is the quality of care decreasing?
Services and Amenities
Each community has its own set of amenities, including common areas such as a dining room or lounge, a fitness center, transportation services, activities, amenities, and programs. Some may also offer Alzheimer’s/Dementia-specific support groups or workshops. A large aspect of choosing the right memory care for your loved one is knowing what services and amenities you expect to receive once your loved one is living in a certain type of care setting. You should discuss these expectations with the staff at the care community before moving your loved one in.
Memory care communities employ a variety of team members, including medical staff, caregivers, and house managers. It is important to know who will be caring for your loved one, and you can usually find this information through the community’s website. It is also important to know who will be providing therapy, as many memory care programs offer therapy services that help with stress and anxiety.
Choosing a memory care community located nearby is helpful for several reasons. The location may be convenient for family members who live nearby and want to visit more frequently.
Activities And Therapy
Many communities will offer a variety of activities and therapies for individuals with Alzheimer’s or dementia, such as daily social activities, art, music, and exercise classes. Some communities may also have a therapy center or go to nearby services for counseling or physiotherapy.
Choosing the right community for your loved one requires knowledge and careful planning. By choosing a community that is well-suited to their needs, you can ensure that your loved one is fully engaged in their daily activities while still having ample privacy and peace of mind.